Post # 1
I’m hoping someone can help me out. I’ve been a runner for about 4 years now (marathons and half marathons mostly, although I’m not particularly fast). Recently (over the past 3-4 months) I’ve started experiencing intense right-side pain AFTER exercising. It’s not a side stitch because I don’t get it while running, but after running and after doing any core work, I spend days with a constant side-stitch type feeling. Sometimes it even feels like a bad stomach ache. I tried googling it but all I can find is info on side stitches. Has anyone experienced this before?
Also, I know I should see a doctor. I just have terrible insurance so I try to avoid that unless it becomes ABSOLUTELY necessary.
Post # 3
I work as a sports trainer for a footy club but this isn’t one I’ve seen a lot. The only time I’ve seen this happen is when there is a torn or strained muscle involved.
If it’s happening immediately after you work out, it could be lack of hydration or you could be eating too much before exercise. Try modifying what you eat/drink before exercise and see what happens. If it comes on after a few hours or even a day, it is delayed onset muscle soreness – caused usually by overtraining! For this one, you can take anti-inflammatories, ice the area for 24 hours (15 minutes on, two hours off) and get someone to massage the area. If you get it massaged and the person massaging can actually feel a knot, it’s a more serious strain or tear and you should avoid training.
Do you feel sick at the same time or is it just soreness? If you’re feeling sick I would go to a doctor as it could be a gastrointestinal issue rather than muscle pain.
Post # 4
I would also recommend easing your running/core workouts while you’re dealing with this. My FI had soreness in his lower abs area on the right side and ignored it and ended up missing an entire season of footy with a torn stomach muscle. He couldn’t even sit up to get out of bed.
Post # 5
@littlebeanpole: It’s definitely not a sick/nauseous feeling. It sounds like a strain. Thanks for the advice! I’m going to ice and take a few days. That sounds awful for your FI! Luckily mine isn’t too bad yet and actually feels better today. I’m a habitual over-trainer though so I’m definitely giving it a bit of a break.